With two starters out, two more on the bench and an 18-point half time deficit to Grand, things didn’t look good for San Juan girls’ basketball team on January 14 in Blanding.
With the chips stacked against them, the Lady Broncos didn’t quit. Instead they rallied, holding the Red Devils to five points in the third quarter and exploding for 30 points of their own in the final quarter.
When the frenzy finally settled, San Juan found their freshman back-up point guard on the free throw line down by one with seconds left.
Fans were on the edge of their seats when Megan Grover sent her attempt toward the basket, but just like she had done it a million times, she calmly knocked down the shot to tie the game and send it into overtime.
Ultimately the Broncos lost in overtime, 67-61, but not for lack of effort. The Red Devils put the game away from the free throw line as they attempted 60 free throws, compared to just 23 for the Broncos.
Grand took charge of the game early on jumping out to an early lead and holding onto it throughout the first quarter, 15-8.
The second quarter was more of the same for the Broncos, while the Red Devils extended the lead to 18 at the break, 34-16.
Any chances of a comeback looked very slim after intermission. San Juan’s bench sparked a comeback as the Broncos held the Red Devils to just five points and scored 11 to cut the lead to 39-27.
San Juan scored more in the final quarter than the previous three combined. The injured Heidi Hiatt return to the court as well as Tyla Morris and Sara Morley, who had been on the bench with foul trouble for most of the game.
The Broncos capped off a 30-point quarter when Grover knocked down her free throw to tie the score.
Arizona Carr gave the Broncos an early lead in overtime but the Red Devils outscored San Juan 10-4 to claim a 67-61 win.
Morley led the Broncos with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Carr scored 16 points and pulled down 20 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end.
Kelsey Flavel added six points and seven rebounds, and Hiatt had five points, including a three pointer. Tyla Morris, Rashee Morris, Micah Daniels and Mary Royer each chipped in two. Morris also had six assists and four steals.
Megan Grover rounds out the scoring with one. Krista Grover secured two key rebounds and two steals down the stretch.
In the second game of the week, San Juan hosted Wasatch Academy on January 17. The Broncos controlled the game from start to finish to secure a 49-41 win.
The Broncos played well on both ends of the court, leading 13-4 after one.
Wasatch Academy made some adjustments to slow down San Juan a bit, but the Broncos took a 23-12 lead into the break.
Both teams played well in the third quarter and the Broncos led 38-24.
Wasatch Academy made a run in the fourth quarter, scoring 17. San Juan remained just ahead of the Tigers and claimed their first region win, 49-41.
Tyla Morris led the Broncos with 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and five steals.
Morley added 10 points and seven boards. Emily Royer had eight points and three assists in her return to the Bronco lineup.
Hiatt added seven points and four rebounds. Jade Palmer returned to action for San Juan, scoring five and dishing out three assists. Daniels scored four and Flavel tossed in a bucket to round out the scoring for San Juan.
The Lady Broncos take on North Sevier in Salina on Friday and take on South Sevier in Monroe on Saturday. Both Region 15 games have 7 p.m. tipoffs.